The invitation to William was signed by only seven people, who were supported probably by self- interested City influence.
Even Sarah Churchill - later Duchess of Marlborough - who was well-placed and well-informed, wrote:
I was so simple a creature that I never once dreamt of his (William) being King . . . I imagined that the Prince of Orange's sole design was to provide for the safety of his own country by obliging King James to keep the law of ours and that he would go back as soon as he had made us all happy . . .
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